Monthly Archives: May 2017

Interhouse Sports

     

On Friday, Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 took part in InterHouse Sports with all taking part in games of rounders.

With all the children in great moods because of the glorious sunshine, they all  worked very hard and developed their throwing, catching and batting skills throughout the morning. All the children really enjoyed taking part in the sports and showed excellent teamwork throughout the morning, with lots of positive comments towards each others brilliant effort..

The overall winners were Blue House, who won six games across the afternoon! Well done!

Girl’s Borough Cricket Tournament

On Thursday, 9 Year 5 and 6 girls went to Sutton Cricket Club to represent the school in the borough competition. With the sunshine, the girls where very excited for the day. Our first match was against Westbourne and the girls showed some nerves early on. However, after a brilliant batting over from Yara that included 3 sixes in a row; the girls seemed a lot more focused and a fantastic few overs from the last bowlers meant we comfortable won. Next up for the girls was Nonsuch, with good batting from all the children we set a challenging target to be chased. A brilliant diving catch from Srujana and some fantastic bowling from Molly meant we won by one run! Our final group game was against Cheam Park Farm. The girls started slowly and then struggled to catch up the difference they made but fortunately had made it into the semi final of the tournament where we would play St Elpheges. After a solid batting display the girls where very confident when the started fielding. Unfortunately, one player was in fantastic form and kept clearing the rope and scoring sixes. That meant the girls moved onto the third place play off against Beddington. The girls came out of the doors on fire with Charlotte hitting her first fours of the day and Amelia paying some fantastic shots only stopped by brilliant fielding. The captain, Izzy, then completed a really captains innings hitting fours and sixes off her two overs of batting. When in the field the girls produced their best bowling performance of the day and comfortable won to take third place in the tournament.

All the girls should be very proud of the improvements they made during the day and the fantastic, positive teamwork they showed all afternoon. Well done all!

Premier League Schools National Runners-Up!

Wow! What an incredible day it was on Tuesday. After successfully winning the Sutton Borough competition and then triumphing in the Crystal Palace Finals at Kent CC, Avenue got the chance to represent Crystal Palace FC in the Premier League Schools National U11 Tournament. This was the 12th annual tournament and the first time Avenue had reached the national finals. The finals took place at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club. The boys have been so excited since finding out they were going to the finals.

We all arrived at Selhurst Park the home of Crystal Palace FC at 6:45am to get a VIP players coach to the tournament. The boys were all ready to go and looked very smart wearing their own personalised Crystal Palace football shirts. The parents and supporters followed behind us in the supporter coach.

When we arrived at Stamford Bridge, we immediately walked through the tunnel and to our seats in the stand. The buzz was incredible! We had a quick tour around, a glance at our section in the official programme and even managed to play a few games of Fifa 17 on the Xbox pods! Mr Dann then had a manager’s briefing in the media room where Conte and the Chelsea players give their opinions to the press.

Once all the teams had arrived, every team waited in the tunnel. Next, the school and club were announced to the fans. Harvey our captain led out the team with the Crystal Palace flag and the fans cheering. 

Then at 9:30am we got our own time slot to go into the home changing room and have photos with the Premier League Trophy! We had a long wait until our first match, but just before 10:30am the team walked out onto the pitch to play West Brom. Alex scored a the goal that gave us a 1 – 0 win. A great start!

Our next game was against against Southampton. Avenue took the lead with a well worked team goal that was finished off by Alex. Southampton were very quick on the counter attack and scored two goals to give them a 2 – 1 win.

The boys knew they had to win the next two group matches to have any chance of going through to the semi-finals because only the winners of the group would progress.

In the next game we played Leicester City. The team were now becoming a lot more confident and were passing the ball around nicely. An excellent 2 – 0 win against Leicester, with both goals scored by Jonathan, meant that we were on 6 points.

Our last group game was against West Ham, the group leaders on 9 points. Avenue need to win by at least 2 goals to go through to the semi-finals on goal difference. The boys put a lot of pressure on the opposition and it was rewarded with a goal from Alex who had only just been substituted into the game. With a few minutes left, another super sub, Josh stayed composed in front of goal and scored the second goal that made Avenue top the group and progress to the semi-finals.

In the semi-final, we had to play the winners of Group B – Chelsea. Being the home team the atmosphere was incredible. Lots of local school children were cheering for Chelsea, but we had a huge amount of support as well from our parents and the crowd. The U13 Crystal Palace girls were making loads of noise with different chants and songs for us. A favourite was, “Sentamu is on fire, your defence is terrified!” It certainly helped because Jonathan scored a screamer of a free kick from inside our own half. Chelsea managed to get a goal back and although both sides had more chances, it finished 1 – 1 and it had to go to penalties. Chelsea hit the post with one of their penalties and we managed to score all five. Avenue had done it! We were through to the final!For the final the team ran out from the tunnel and were focused on the game. Our opponents were Manchester City. It was an end to end game and both teams had chances to score. However the deadlock couldn’t be broken and the winners were to be decided on penalties. Avenue had to score the last penalty to be crowned champions because Luke in goal had already made a great save to deny one of the City players. The Manchester City goalkeeper pulled off a good save to take it to sudden death penalties. Unfortunately, we lost. The boys were upset, but later on when it all sank in and they stepped up to the podium to receive their runner-up medals and trophy they began to realise what an amazing feat they had just achieved.  They were presented with the medals and trophy from the Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore and Chelsea Ladies player Eniola Aluko.The boys shared their thoughts about the day…

Harvey (Captain) – “When I was leading everyone out of the tunnel, I felt like a professional player. It was an amazing experience!”

Bradley – “I was very excited to go to Stamford Bridge and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Jonathan – “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to play football in a place where legends have set foot.”

Charlie – “It was a great experience to play on a football field where amazing football players have played. There was great support from all the people in the crowd.”

Josh – “Making it to the finals was probably the biggest achievement of my life so far. The feeling of coming out of the tunnel was amazing!”

Oliver – “It was one of the best days of my life! To play at the home of the Premier League Champions and on the beautiful pitch.”

Alex – “It was an amazing achievement to get into the final. Unfortunately we lost, but all of the boys put in 100% and tried to win!”Over 1400 schools across England and Wales entered the competition and Avenue were runners-up! Match of the Day – Kick About were filming on the day and it will be showed on the BBC at 7:45am – 3rd June. The whole school is so proud of the team. I would like to thank all the parents who came to support on the day, Mr Green for all his help and to congratulate the boys again. They couldn’t have represented Crystal Palace FC and Avenue any better. I am so proud of them all! Well done boys, fantastic memories were made! Mr Dann 🙂

Click on the link below for a review of the day!

https://www.premierleague.com/gallery/401987

 

 

Dodgeball Tournament

The Year 5 & 6 Dodgeball club, that takes place on Thursday after school, played in a borough tournament yesterday at Cheam Park Farm. There were 16 teams involved and Avenue had 3 teams taking part. The children all played with great enthusiasm and showed excellent teamwork. Well done to everyone involved!

Athletics Competition

Children from Years 3 – 6 took part in a friendly athletics competition at Cheam Park Farm on Monday afternoon. The Year 5 and 6 children started the competition off with the field events – long jump, triple jump, speed bounce and the cricket ball throw. After that every child competed in the sprint races and a year group relay. All the children did amazing and Avenue cam second. Well done to everyone involved!

Boys’ Borough Cricket Tournament

Yesterday, 16 boys from Year 5 and 6 went to compete at the borough ‘Best’ cricket tournament. With two teams entered and the boys motivated by their visit to the Oval the previous week, both teams got off to a fantastic start batting first. Whilst one team lost out in a close encounter; the other team fielded and bowled brilliantly, with Oliver producing a perfect ball that clipped the top off the stumps, to keep Cheam Park Farm to 220 and win the game by 5 runs. The next games for both teams where agonizingly close with the B team drawing their match when they lost a wicket on the last ball and the A team losing by a single run to Westbourne despite three sixes in a row from Curran. However, the A team still did enough to make it to the top group in the second phase. The B team had their final game and they showed great sportsmanship throughout but unfortunately lost out with some fantastic fielding by the opposition. At the beginning of the second phase the weather began to get worse, but the A team showed fantastic resilience to beat Westbourne by 5 runs with some brilliant bowling by Sai, a fantastic catch taken by the captain, Salaar, as well as a brilliant piece of fielding by Curran who ran a player out with a direct hit to the stumps. In the final game of the day, the A team took on an unbeaten Cheam Common, with the weather hugely impacting the performance of both teams and the outcome of the match. Unfortunately, batting first meant the team did not have time to adjust to the conditions and struggled to score many runs. With such a low target, the A team did fantastically in the field to make the match competitive by producing their best fielding and bowling performance of the day. With a brilliant over from Tanuj who took a hat-trick (3 wickets in 3 balls), and a brilliant attitude from the whole team in a wet, cold field.
With the last match of the day cancelled, we now have an agonizing wait to see where we finish in the competition and if it is enough to move through to the London Youth Games.
Everyone played brilliant throughout the day and showed huge progress from the beginning to the end. Each player should be proud of their sportsmanship and attitude when winning or losing. Well done to all of the boys involved.

Borough Swimming Gala

The swimming team went to a swimming gala on Friday 12th May. They all did really well in their individual events and the relays. The girls team came 1st, the boys team came 3rd and we came 2nd overall. Well done to everyone who competed and thank you to all the parents who came to support us!

   

Schools’ Day at The Kia Oval

Today we took 19 of our Year 6 cricketers to the Kia Oval to watch Surrey v Kent. The children had the chance to practise some cricket drills with Surrey coaches and see how fast their throwing speed is! Well done to Salaar who beat Mr Brown with an incredible 44mph!! All of the children should be incredibly proud of themselves as they represented Avenue with fantastic behaviour and attitude for the entire day. Despite the rain we had a great day watching the cricket and getting involved in some drills. 

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Year 3 and 4 Dodgeball Tournament

A big well done to all of the children who represented Avenue in the year 3 and 4 dodgeball tournament. All of the children played fantastically and should be very proud of themselves. One of of our teams made it to the semi-finals but were beaten by Cheam Park Farm, who went on to win!

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